Rabun Beach Access

Rabun County, Georgia

Elevation Gain328ft
Trailhead Elevation1,705ft
Elevation Min/Max1694/1790ft
Elevation Start/End1705/1705ft

Rabun Beach Access

Rabun Beach Access is a hiking trail in Rabun County, Georgia. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,705 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 328 feet.

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Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press)
Marcus Woolf
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"Climbing the Joe Creek ravine through an exotic forest of magnolia, mountain laurel, and rhododendron, this brief walk leads to two waterfalls. The first, Panther Falls, stands about 50 feet high with water flowing down what resembles a stone staircase. At the end of the trail you reach Angel Falls, some 60 feet high, with streams slipping down countless thin layers of stone. The trail includes a bit of steep climbing, but for the most part the terrain is moderate, making this an enjoyable walk through exceptionally beautiful forest."
"The Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area is a USDA Forest Service facility located on the shores of Lake Rabun. This is another of the areas originally constructed during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Dukes Creek was the center of gold discovery in 1828, more than ten years before the California gold rush. Dukes Creek is also a fine trout stream managed for catch-and-release. Trout fishing using artificial lures with barbless hooks is permitted on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Although the 12 miles of narrow paved and unpaved roads are not described here, visitors are invited to walk or mountain bike the roads. Permits for hiking, biking, and fishing are available at the visitor center."

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Smithgall Woods is beautiful and well maintained. I found hiking the trails pleasant but not much of a work out. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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Trail Information

Rabun County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
U.S. Forest Service, Chattooga River District
Local Contacts
USGS Tiger
Local Maps

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